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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2009, Article ID 741834, 9 pages
Review Article

Manipulation of Energy Transfer Processes in Nanochannels

1Physikalisches Institut, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, 48149 Münster, Germany
2Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern, 3012 Bern, Switzerland

Received 26 March 2009; Accepted 27 December 2009

Academic Editor: Mohamed Sabry Abdel-Mottaleb

Copyright © 2009 André Devaux and Gion Calzaferri. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The realisation of molecular assemblies featuring specific macroscopic properties is a prime example for the versatility of supramolecular organisation. Microporous materials such as zeolite L are well suited for the preparation of host-guest composites containing dyes, complexes, or clusters. This short tutorial focuses on the possibilities offered by zeolite L to study and influence Förster resonance energy transfer inside of its nanochannels. The highly organised host-guest materials can in turn be structured on a larger scale to form macroscopic patterns, making it possible to create large-scale structures from small, highly organised building blocks for novel optical applications.